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Patricia Novelli

Patricia Novelli

I work with a small group of people in one of YAI's residences in Westchester. It is by far the most fulfilling job I have ever had. The people that I work with have taught me so much about forgiveness, acceptance, and love. I am thankful that I was so readily accepted into their lives, and I feel a great responsibility to them to be the best example that I can be.

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Here is a little history about YAI:
Our Roots:

YAI was launched in February of 1957 out of a small school in Brooklyn, New York. Initially staffed by Co-Founders Bert MacLeech and Pearl Maze MacLeech alone, their pilot program served just seven people. According to Bert, from its very beginning YAI has been dedicated to providing innovative services for the I/DD (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) community. MacLeech envisioned a, “total life adjustment approach, emphasizing personal growth, social responsibility, employment goals, and the development of independence for the individual.” At a time when institutional living was the norm for people with I/DD, this vision was nothing short of revolutionary.

YAI Today:

Today, YAI has a team of over 4,000 employees and supports over 20,000 people in the I/DD community. This extraordinary growth shows the ongoing need for these important services, and YAI’s success in offering them. YAI supports people with autism, Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy, among others. Operating across the New York metropolitan area and parts of New Jersey, YAI now offers more than 300 programs for people of all ages.


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